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Buffalo man gets 12 years for sexually assaulting child

A Buffalo man convicted of repeated sexual assault of a child was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison and 12 years of post-release supervision.

With the young victim sitting in the front row of the courtroom with her foster parents, Michael Kabiona, 44, of Breckenridge Street declined to offer any statement before Judge Michael L. D’Amico announced the sentence.

Kabiona was convicted by an Erie County Court jury on May 13 of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child after testimony showed he had repeatedly raped and sodomized the girl over a two-year period, starting in 2011 when she was 9 years old.

The attacks continued until 2013, when the victim told an after-school aide about the abuse. The girl also testified during the trial, and her allegations were corroborated by circumstantial and medical evidence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Lynette Reda and Ryan Haggerty from the DA’s Special Victims Bureau. Reda told the judge before sentencing that Kabiona has continued to deny any guilt in the case. Kabiona’s attorney, Daniel DuBois, said prior to sentencing that his client, who came to Buffalo as a refugee, understood he was facing a lengthy sentence.

“There are no winners here. It’s a shame, because (my client) fought for so long to get here from a war-torn country,” DuBois said, adding that Kabiona plans to appeal his conviction.